Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dam Tough Duathlon 2

OMG I am so happy to be back in the land of sunny days! Blue on blue for the duathlon at the dam. Note the artistic inclusion of a finger over the lens. It was so bright I was shooting blind, with predictable results.

I did an ordinary ride at a poor speed (average 27.4 km/h), but considering I was very ill the previous evening and unable to eat much the following morning, plus my legs are toast with jet lag, I am pretty happy with that result.
I just did the ride (20kms) with a running partner (5 kms plus 2.5) but I had friends who did the whole thing. Here comes Graeme, who passed me on the final lap. But right behind him is Kiran, my gun runner who made up the time and powered in for an excellent result!
Love the "feet not touching the ground" photo!! Super!
So mighty Kiran finished with Macca and Graeme making up minutes of deficit on my part. What a star! Can't wait til the next time we race together again, she really inspires me.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

coming back up to speed

I have lost patience with jet lag. I can cope with fatigue and muzzy headedness, but my legs - my legs are lost. I am struggling. Failing. It is like bonking at km 1 and then soldiering on for the rest of the ride. Pathetic. Epic. Scary.

I have always felt the effects of air travel on my legs. I gave up my place on a professional association regional committee because I valued cycling more than my profession (in the physical sense). I don't know the cure, so I will just keep riding, and hoping it gets better.

Poor legs, poor me wanting to be super woman every day. Maybe tomorrow I will be better.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

blue skies and racing

After an epic journey of 37.5 hours I arrived to find the dry season had made it's mark on the land and brown is back in fashion. The view from the plane was so soft and lovely, hills and plains of beige blending into khaki and fluffy pockets of green, as tired as I was I could fly over the land for hours enjoying the beauty.

No time for that stuff however, the Gold Fever le Tour was on and I was late! So early to bed and very early to rise and drive out to Charters Towers for the start of the race.
Cold and a heavy ground mist.
D grade was the biggest grade with 23 racers on the start list. D grade was Masters D, Womens D and C. BoaB was easy to spot in Canadian kit.
I am driving in support of my favorite rider, and I am nervous as heck because my brain is still on the other side of the road! At the start of the race I figure my heart rate was higher than the riders as I white knuckled through the fog and left side navigation at full speed. I would have been better off riding!!
Waiting at the second drinks station, BoaB waved me off at the first, and we had an epic fail at the handover with the bottle hitting the ground and smashing at the second and last. DOH! we need to practice I guess.
Pass all the riders and sit in stressful truck traffic to line up at the finish line. Look at those blue skies! Fell the warm sun on your back! I love the dry tropics (with apologies to the wet Maritimes)
What is going on? The riders turn to do a lap on the Oak Valley circuit at the end of the race and we can't tell who is who!
Where is Scott? here? no...
here? not quite...
Yay!! Here he comes!! Safe and sound is all that matters to me.
What?? In the money? BONUS!! well done! (that is my hat by the way, no bloke would buy that hat) I am home, and happy, and I hit the wall at about 1 pm but tomorrow will be a sunny day and I will go for a ride!! I love my home and my cycling life!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

50K Loop!

I managed to catch a fair day for a turn around the 50 km loop with the Bluenoser. I was too busy hanging on for dear life as I rode a 50cm bike (2 cms bigger than my bike) to take pictures and while I managed OK, I was sore in a lot of places after 50 ks. Note to self, don't settle for a bike the wrong size, it really does matter.
My native guide. 2 years ago we did this ride on a perfect sunny day and saw no other cyclists. This time it was an iffy sort of a day (foggy, poor forecast) and there must have been 50 other riders. Fantastic to see.

Pit stop at the church, I seem to have really missed this shot.
I was there, proof positive
my Sister was on the loop while I was riding. She visited a nice gallery/garden and took fantastic photos, which are linked below
Yet another bowl of chowder. I don't think you can get sick of chowder but I am trying my best. The restaurant is Doris's, who we stopped to harass because she doesn't love cyclists. I figure if we all stop in and spend up she might come around.

If you are wondering why you would travel all the way to Nova Scotia for a bike ride, have a look at the photo album of my sister's shots. It is very lovely, the drivers are respectful and the food is good. Please come.

Carol's new toy

Seeing as it is raining out, I may as well get lots of blogs up.

My sister has a new gardening toy, and on a recent fine evening she used it to load some topsoil into dad's truck to be used to top up the garden beds at the animal shelter:

Sure beats shovelling!!

farm markets

I love farm markets, I wish we had a proper one in Townsville. I would seldom buy produce from the supermarket if I could get it from the source. Even non-local produce is cheap, check out the bananas!!
we can only dream
here is the new Wolfville market, open Saturdays and Wednesday evenings
fresh and local
wow, cool mushrooms

a photo for 'Just Peachy'!

There was a lot of hot food and local wine as well. I want a farm market!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

dinner in Hall's Harbour

If I was in Nova Scotia for just one day, I would still fit in a trip to the harbour for fresh lobster.

visiting the kids

for Patrick, here are your cousins and their partners, enjoy:
he is Stephen, she is Angie.

I love the painting Angie did behind her
Wow, the kids all grown up and in their own home. We had a great visit.